Nova Was Good For Awhile

June 23rd, 2013 by Jane Heller


That curveball was really working for him and he looked great striking out Rays hitters. He was in line for a nice win if he’d only hung in there instead of going all wild on us in the seventh, hitting two batters and having to leave the game. A shame, but I think he pitched well enough to warrant another start.

Also a shame that the relievers couldn’t do their jobs, nor could our offense – not counting the now-legendary Z Man. Is he that good or is it just that other teams don’t have a strategy for pitching to him yet?

It’s always a shame to lose on Old Timers’ Day. There’s such tradition and history at the ballpark when the former stars come out in their uniforms, doughier bodies and gray hair. But it wasn’t meant to be this time. As I’ve said and despite yesterday’s seven runs, this team does not have a powerhouse offense and they’ll have to try a more National League-style approach if they have a prayer of keeping up in the division.




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5 Responses to “Nova Was Good For Awhile”

  1. john says:

    We had a nice day at the Stadium yesterday. Old Timers were their usual nostalgic selves. Tino was missed. O’Neil was ready to be activated. Gator could still pitch a game anytime. WE need to appreciate Yogi and Whitey. They are nearing the last roundup.

    My son and cousin posed with Michael Kay and your friend Suzy for a nice picture outside the parking garage and John Smoltz signed for everyone by Gate 2.

    The silent bats minus Z-man made a lot of noise in the real game. Frustrating.

  2. Diane Anziano says:

    I was upset that they couldn’t win on Old Timers’ Day too, Jane. I think we should consider re-signing Ricky Henderson. It was frustrating to see them lose in the end like that. They should have been able to hold it together but Loney was crazy successful yesterday. Oh well – split 2 out of 4. I think all of the teams in the AL East are at or above 500 now – I haven’t checked but I don’t think any other divisions are that close in it. Wow. Okay, a needed day off and then the next home series – I’m really thinking they are going to trade Hughes before the deadline…at least I hope so…GO YANKEES!!!

  3. Jane Heller says:

    I’d activate O’Neill in a minute, John. If nothing else, he’d be fun to watch. I agree about Yogi and Whitey. The thought of losing them is too sad, but I know it’s the reality. Glad you had fun.

    Yes, a frustrating game, Diane. The AL East has always been crazy, but this year it’s been crazy mediocre. Toronto got off to that terrible start and now they’re hot. Tampa has been so-so. Boston has been hot and now they’re back to so-so. Which gives us a fighting chance, I guess.

  4. Peggy says:

    Hi Jane and Fellow Baseball Fans…

    I was at OTD too. I go every year but to this day I still miss seeing The Mick. He was the one I always wanted to see the most. I loved seeing that uniform with number 7 on the back and the thrill never wore off for me. He always got the loudest ovation too …much to Joe D’s dismay. It is kind of disappointing to see the Stadium not even half full for the OTD game. It’s tough not seeing the Stadium full for the regular game too. The weather was beautiful yesterday …we had such a nice breeze which made it comfortable for the whole game (the only discomfort being the loss). I thought for sure it would be a packed house with the ceremonies and beautiful weather. Sadly, it wasn’t. I was torn between my Mickey and Paulie Jerseys but decided since Paul was there I’d wear his for the day. I really enjoyed seeing Paul, Bernie and our lovable duo Whitey & Yogi. I wish Jorge would have been there but he probably doesn’t feel like an old timer yet. Maybe next year we will have the Mo/Jorge tandum with Whitey/Yogi. Of course, my heart sinks knowing Mo won’t be pitching in the game that counts next season. As for the regular game …not much happening there except for nice efforts by Nova and the new kid on the block ..Zoilo. It would be nice if he is the real deal and not just a flash in the pan for a week or two. I just hope he doesn’t pull an Adams who can’t seem to hit his way out of a paper bag after his nice start for a week or so. Now that Adams is playing steady maybe he will pick it up but it doesn’t look like it at the moment ..especially after yesterday’s game. Fortunately, Boston and Baltimore both lost so at least the Yankees didn’t lose any ground but it would have been nice if they could have taken advantage instead. Oh well…let’s hope they can start a winning streak on Tuesday. Of course, it will be difficult as they are going up against Yu Darvish .. UGH!! I just hope Kuroda has a no run game in him.

    I’m off to Baltimore for the Sat. & Sun. games this weekend. I hope I can make the long trip home with a big smile on my face. When they lose the 3 1/2 hour trip seems like an eternity. Also ..the Sunday game was suppose to be in the afternoon and that damn ESPN decided to make it the game of the week so it won’t start till 8:00 which means we won’t get home till after 3:00 am (if we are lucky). Thankfully, the bosses let me take Monday off.

    Jane ..I think you said you are coming to NY on June 27th …have a safe flight. If you decide to go to any of the Yankee games please let us know and maybe a few of us can get together. Maybe even sit together.

    Have a great rest of the day everyone …stay cool…

    Go Yankees 2013 !!!

  5. Jane Heller says:

    Hi Peggy. It’s so sad and strange that the Stadium wasn’t packed yesterday. I wonder why people are staying away. I guess it’s because the “stars” aren’t there. When Jeter etc come back, hopefully that’ll change. I’m not looking forward to facing Darvish and the Rangers but I’m more worried about the O’s, so you’ll have to work some magic while you’re in Baltimore. I’ll be on the east coast by then and will absolutely let everyone know if I get tix to a game. Take care.